Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.
Inter-Canyon Fire board President Mike Reddy never intended to run for a third term. He had served two four-year terms and was ready to step down.
That was until the theft and embezzlement of more than $647,000 by former fire chief David MacBean came to light last year.
“I was shocked, absolutely shocked, when I found out,” Reddy said. “It was so out of character with what we knew of (MacBean).”
On April 7, MacBean pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement and is facing up to 27 years in prison. As part of his plea, he has agreed to pay back the stolen funds.
MacBean’s sentencing is scheduled for June 24.
Reddy has served on the Inter-Canyon board since 2006. MacBean became fire chief in 2009. According to court documents, the theft occurred from 2010 to 2012
Under the direction of the Jeffco district attorney’s office, Reddy said, many details about the MacBean case can’t be discussed until the sentencing in June.
“In hindsight, as a board, we assumed we were being provided correct information,” Reddy said. “We had a chief we trusted, an elected treasurer who had an accounting background, and an outside firm conducting yearly audits. None of those things proved to give us the information we needed at that time.”
Reddy said he feels it’s his responsibility to run again.
“I don’t want to leave this organization until I feel this ordeal is over,” he said. “I feel we’re rapidly moving toward that. We have a very strong team.”
The board president said the May 6 election, in which three incumbents and one challenger are running for three seats, could alter the current cohesion on the board.
“I realize that everyone is dispensable,” he said.
If re-elected, Reddy said, he wants to create more opportunities for the district’s residents to get involved with Inter-Canyon.
“I’ve tossed around the idea of forming a CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team),” Reddy said. “Residents could receive training and then play a vital role in our department.”
A lifelong public employee, Reddy currently serves as a Captain in the Westminster Fire Department.
“I grew up in the JFK — ‘ask what you can do for your country — era,” Reddy said. “I decided early on that public service is what I wanted to do.”
Before that, he worked with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the Colorado Division of Mental Health. Reddy also served for a few years as a volunteer firefighter for Inter-Canyon when he and his wife moved into the district in 1980.
Election Day is May 6
Reddy joins incumbents Leslie Caimi and Karl Firor and newcomer Kerry Prielipp in vying for the three four-year terms on the Inter-Canyon board.
Incumbent Joe Marcus was the only candidate to run for the to run for the two-year term and will remain on the board. Board member Ralph Dreher’s seat is up for election in 2016.
Inter-Canyon’s election will be May 6, and the polls will be at Station 3, 8445 U.S. 285.
Formed in 1954, the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District serves 55 square miles of Deer Creek Canyon, Turkey Creek Canyon, Morrison and parts of Waterton Canyon. Operating with approximately 60 volunteers, the district has five stations and 15 vehicles.
The next Inter-Canyon board meeting is at 7 p.m. May 14 at Station 1, 7939 S. Turkey Creek Road in Morrison.
For more information, visit www.intercanyonfire.org.
Contact Daniel Laverty at 303-350-1042 or Daniel@evergreenco.com. Follow Daniel on Twitter @LavertyReports.